Nottingham Forest have been linked with a swoop for Almeria defender Mathieu Peybernes, as reported by Nottinghamshire Live.
The Lowdown: Exits aplenty at the City Ground
The Reds will likely be looking to add some defensive quality and experience to the ranks after a disappointing 2020/21 campaign saw them finish 17th in the Championship.
Forest fans may expect reinforcements across the back line moving into next season after fellow enforcers Michael Dawson and Michael Hefele were let go upon expiry of their contracts [Nottingham Forest FC].
Conjecture also continues to grow surrounding a potential exit for West Ham and Crystal Palace target Joe Worrall [The Athletic]. As a result, Chris Hughton may be ready to dip into the transfer market to acquire suitable positional replenishments ahead of 2021/22.
The Latest: Three clubs interested in Peybernes
Forest are now said to be courting Peybernes as part of their summer rebuild [Nottinghamshire Live]. Interestingly, he plied his trade at Real Zaragoza for some of last season on loan from parent club Almeria, making 14 appearances for Los Blanquillos [Transfermarkt], who are also said to be eyeing a permanent swoop for the former France Under-21 international [Nottinghamshire Live].
Said to also be attracting attention from divisional rivals Swansea City, the East Midlands club will need to move swiftly in order to secure his signature [El Periodico de Aragon].
The Verdict: Now is the time for Forest to make their move
Peybernes would represent a solid addition to the fold at the City Ground. The 30-year-old has also been something of a long-term target for the club, as Forest were known to have an eye on his situation last summer [Nottinghamshire Live].
The 1.86m-tall (6 foot 2) defender’s capability to attack the ball with utmost aggression, alongside his reputation as a fearless tough tackler (2.1 tackles per game in 2016/17 with Bastia), would make him an ideal introductory 2021/22 acquisition at the Reds. Contractually, he only has 12 months left on his Almeria contract [Transfermarkt].
With the player reportedly craving “stability” [Nottinghamshire Live] and considered dispensable enough by his parent club to be loaned out, this move could be an amicable solution for all parties as they press on with their respective transfer window activities.
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